ti·​dy | \ ˈtī-dē How to pronounce tidy (audio) \
tidier; tidiest

Definition of tidy

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : neat and orderly in appearance or habits : well ordered and cared for
b : methodical, precise a tidy mind
2 : large, substantial a tidy profit
3 : adequately satisfactory : acceptable, fair a tidy solution to their problem
4 : properly filled out : plump


tidied; tidying

Definition of tidy (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put in order tidy up a room

intransitive verb

: to make things tidy tidying up after supper


plural tidies

Definition of tidy (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a usually compartmentalized receptacle for various small objects
2 : a piece of fancywork used to protect the back, arms, or headrest of a chair or sofa from wear or soil

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Other Words from tidy


tidily \ ˈtī-​də-​lē How to pronounce tidy (audio) \ adverb
tidiness \ ˈtī-​dē-​nəs How to pronounce tidy (audio) \ noun


tidier noun

Examples of tidy in a Sentence

Adjective He has always been a tidy person. She earns a tidy salary. They paid a tidy sum for the house. Verb I tidied the house before they arrived.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective As is often the case with environmental action, this catch-22 unties the bow from what would otherwise be a very tidy solution. Katie Becker, Allure, 20 May 2022 In dramatizing these two chaotic factors in Sandra’s life, Hansen-Løve is at pains to avoid tidy, swelling arcs and grand narrative collisions. Guy Lodge, Variety, 20 May 2022 The Feminine Mystique came along to argue that housewives, far from living the American dream, were living lives of tidy desperation. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 19 May 2022 This case will hold all of his ice in one convenient, tidy area. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 18 May 2022 The prolific Agatha Christie is known for tidy endings that wrap up stories with logic, surprise and a bit of flair through her 66 novels and 14 short story collections featuring, among others, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. Sun Sentinel, 16 May 2022 To see such perils depicted in Zughaib’s bright, tidy style is jarring and poignant. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Drag the tip of the blade through soil to make tidy trenches. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 13 May 2022 Flowing front fenders are punctuated by covered headlights, a signature of the most elegant Ferraris of the period, while at the rear, tidy taillamps sit like apostrophes at the end of delicate rear fins. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 9 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For everybody, please just tidy up as a sign of respect for your fellow humans. Tribune Content Agency, Detroit Free Press, 16 Nov. 2021 Spring will soon spring, so perhaps this is a good time to tidy up around the castle. Ed Silverman, STAT, 5 Mar. 2022 Pyongyang has recently been working to tidy its relations with Moscow and Beijing. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 Umbra Bellwood Cosmetics Organizer Consider this a structural tower suitable for any bathroom spa—designed with a removable cup and wooden handle to tidy any chaotic vanity. Vogue, 18 Feb. 2022 For everybody, please just tidy up as a sign of respect for your fellow humans. Tribune Content Agency, Detroit Free Press, 16 Nov. 2021 For everybody, please just tidy up as a sign of respect for your fellow humans. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 15 Nov. 2021 The 76-year-old South Florida woman allegedly paid for a housekeeper to tidy her home, often dined out and spent thousands on home goods, shopping sprees and online dating sites. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 All these and more ideas to tidy up and declutter your bathroom cabinets and drawers, below. Vogue, 18 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This svelte Keurig keeps the countertop tidy but still has a large water reservoir in the back. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, 25 Apr. 2022 The school, tidy and chirping with kids scampering around a blacktop one recent morning, opened in 1926. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 The cultural framing of the Jets and the Sharks is a little tidy and not quite on the mark. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 16 Dec. 2021 While a handful of the curation includes kitchen gadgets (from magnetic measuring spoons to a clip-on pasta strainer), most of the products are clever organizers designed to keep your kitchen tidy. Isabel Garcia, PEOPLE.com, 17 Mar. 2022 In 2021, the cumulative slash line for pitchers was a tidy .110/.150/.142. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2022 Acrylic drawer dividers, keep rolling pins, measuring cups, and spatulas tidy. Missy Keenan, Better Homes & Gardens, 31 Jan. 2022 The city’s tidy row houses, which run for blocks, sometimes display the flag of Puerto Rico or a Latin American nation. Aaron Zitner, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2021 Meanwhile, in a separate image, other children of color tidy up the school and collect trash. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 15 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of tidy


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4


1821, in the meaning defined at transitive sense


circa 1828, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tidy


Middle English, timely, in good condition, from tide time

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“Tidy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tidy. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for tidy


ti·​dy | \ ˈtī-dē How to pronounce tidy (audio) \
tidier; tidiest

Kids Definition of tidy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : well ordered and cared for : neat
2 : large, substantial a tidy sum

Other Words from tidy

tidiness noun


tidied; tidying

Kids Definition of tidy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make things neat

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